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hand. In the Cornwallis vault are also interred the remains of two of his children, Emma, who died in 1714, and Lætitia (Letitia) who died in 1740. It was this Lætitia Cornwallis who left a legacy for the repair of the tomb of her stepfather, Bishop Robinson. The body of Thomas Cornwallis was originally interred in the Parish Church of St. Giles in the Fields, but, on the rebuilding of that structure, it was removed to Fulham. The inscription is given in full by Faulkner. When, in 1861, Mr. Walter Rye copied the epitaph, only a part of it could be read. Mr. Rye notes :

"Exactly over this slab a water pipe has been placed that drains the roof of the church, and owing to the continual passage of water, the inscription has become nearly illegible.”

WITHERS.—Near the monument to the memory of Bishop Robinson is the railed altar tomb of the Withers family, containing the remains of Sir William Withers, knight, to whom there is the following epitaph written on the top slab:

“ Hic jacet quod reliquum est | Gulielmi Withers Militis | Qui Municipalibus Urbis Londini singulis | Perfunctus Honoribus Prætorium munus | Tandem capesivit Anno 1707 | Quod tanta sibi cum Laude | Et Reipublicæ Emolumento gessit | Ut merito audiret Vir probus | Et idem Civis optimus | Obijt 31° Jan. 1720 | Ætatis 70 | Juxta avi Relliquias poni voluit suas | Gulielmi Withers Armigeri qui obijt | 29° Octobris Anno Domini 1768 Ætat. 52.”

(Translation : Here lies what is mortal of William Withers, knight, who, having discharged the duties of several civic offices of the City of London, at length attained the Mayoralty in the year 1707 : which office he carried out with as great credit to himself and benefit to the State as an honest man and withal an excellent citizen could do. He died 31 Jan. 1720, aged 70. William Withers, gentleman, who died 29 Oct. 1768, aged 52, desired that his own remains might be laid beside those of his grandfather.)

Above this inscription are the following arms :

A chevron between three crescents (Withers). Crest: On an esquire's helmet a demi-hare issuant.


The coat is repeated, in colour, on the rails on either side of the grave.

There are also buried in this vault Lady Margaret Withers (d. 1711), wife of Sir William Withers, kt., Col. William Withers (d. 18 Nov. 1772), his son, Mrs. Elizabeth Withers (d. 1727), wife of Col. Wm. Withers, and William Withers (d. 29 Oct. 1768), grandson of Sir William, etc.

Col. Withers, as we have elsewhere stated, by his will, dated 1722, left a rent charge of £5 for keeping clean and in repair the monument which he erected to the memory of his father, Sir Wm. Withers. When not required, the testator directed that the money should be distributed among the poor of Fulham.

In this vault are also buried some of the Ravenshaw family connected by marriage with the Withers family. On the north side of the tomb is the following:

“In this vault | are deposited the Remains of | Thomas William Ravenshaw, Esq", | eldest son of John Goldsborough Ravenshaw, Esq”, | and of Elizabeth, I only daughter of William Withers, Esque. | He departed this life August 14th 1842, | aged 66 years."

And on the south side:

“Hic jacent Reliquiæ | Joannis Goldsborough Ravenshaw, | qui obijt Jun. 6 A.D. 1840, | Etatis 63. i Itemque uxoris eius Hannæ, quæ obiit xxx lov. MDCCCLXII, | Annos nata LXXVIII.”

(Translation : Here lie the remains of John Goldsborough Ravenshaw, who died 6 June 1840, aged 63: also his wife Hannah who died 30 Nov. 1862, aged 78.)

And on the west side :

“ Sarah, widow of Colonel | Thos W. Ravenshaw, | June 15th, | 1878, | Aged 89 | R.I.P.

John Goldsborough Ravenshaw was Chairman of the Court of Directors of the East India Company. Thomas William Ravenshaw, who was a Colonel in the Berks Militia, was his brother. They were two of the five sons of John G. Ravenshaw, of Old Bracknell and Bath, by Elizabeth, only child of William Withers, of Dummer, co. Hants, and Fulham.


CHILD.—Beneath a railed altar tomb of marble is the vault of the Child family. On the south and north sides of the tomb are sculptured, as the insignia of his mayoralty, the civic cap, sword, mace and chain of Sir Francis Child the elder. At either end are his arms, vist. :

(At the east end) A chevron engrailed ermine between three birds ; on an escutcheon of pretence a chevron between three leopards' faces. (At the west end) On a knight's shield a bird (headless, perhaps a chough) perched on a piece of rock.


On the top of the tomb is the following inscription :

“In a Vault under this Tomb is | Deposited the Body of St Francis Child Knt & Alderman | and President of Christ Church Hospit. I in London who departed this life Oct. I ye 4 1713 Ætat. 71. He was Lord Mayor | in the year 1699 & in 1702.

He was Chosen One of the Four Citizens to Serve for the Said City in the first Parliament of the Reign of Queen Anne. | He married Elizabeth the only daughter & | Heiress of William Wheeler, Goldsmith, By / whom he had twelve sons and three daughters. | The Bodies of his sons James and William | and of his daughter Martha, wife of Anthony Collins | Esq. are removed from the church into | this vault.”

This tomb was repaired in 1841 by the Countess of Jersey, a lineal descendant of Sir Francis Child. It was also repaired by Child's Bank in 1882.

VASLET.— A flat stone by the south wall of the Church is inscribed :

“ Hic jacet Ludovicus Waslet | Gallus gente, Anglus Lege atque Animo. I Qui cum multam Juventuti erudiendæ operam | Per annos Quadraginta quinque Dedisset | Tandem ex hac vita migravit | Anno Dõi 1731, 12 Junii Die ætatis 65. | Hic Duas Uxores Duxerat | Primo Mariam Claudii Barachini Filiam | 10 Ianuarii 1704 Denatan & Londini Sepultam | In Coemeterio Templi | Quod Divi Ægidii in Campis nomen habet | Secundo Catharinam Caroli Testardi Filiam | Quæ morti occubuit 29 Aprilis 1730 æt. 56. / & in hac Camera una Cum Patre | Filio Testardo Ludovico i Qui obiit Martii 1739 æt. 25 | et Marito requiescit | Hic jacet etiam Catherina Edwards | Filia supra dicti Lodovici l'aslet et Vidua Johannis Nodes | Et Oliveri Edwards Armigerorum | Obiit 10 Septembris

et anno ætatis 90 (pr)obitatis pietatis et urbanitatis 1.


The last two lines of the epitaph are now nearly obliterated.

( Translation : Here lies Louis Vaslet, of French descent, an Englishman by naturalization and by sympathy, who, after having bestowed great pains upon the teaching of the young through a period of 45 years, at last departed this life on 12 June in the year 1731, aged 65 He had two wives: first Mary, daughter of Claude Barachin, who died 10 Jan. 1704-5, and was buried in the churchyard of the church which bears the name of St. Giles in the Fields ; secondly, Catharine, daughter of Charles Testard, who died 29 April 1730, aged 56, and who rests in this vault with her father, her son Testard Louis, who died 21 Mar. 1730-1, aged 25, and her husband. Here lies also Catherine Edwards, daughter of the above named Louis Vaslet, and widow of John Nodes and Oliver Edwards, esquires. She died 10 Sept. at the age of 90 probity, piety and urbanity




At the bottom, interposed between the last seven lines, are the arms of Vaslet, vist. :

An anchor erect in pale ; on a chief 3 mullets.

* Faulkner gives the year, now quite illegible, as 1766, but this would make her only ten years younger than her father.

The Vaslet stone was originally on the top of a large table monument, at one end of which was the following:

“ Here lies also the Body of Sarah Wake | Elder daughter of J. & S. N. Wildman / who died on the 20th day of December 1856 | in the 49th year of her age.”

The sides were inscribed :

“In this Tomb lie the Remains of John Wildman who died July 15th | 1824, aged 66 years | also of Sarah Nodes his Wife | Great grand daughter of Louis Vaslet | who died October 8th 1853 aged 80 years | also of George Nodes | their eldest son | who died Dec 22nd 18... aged 22 years. | This Tablet is raised to their memory | by the two daughters of | J. and S. N. Wildman, April 1854.”

“Within this tomb rest the remains of Richard Price, Esq., of Michael's Place, Brompton, ob Janý 22nd 1807 Ætat. 71. From an early love of his Maker he led a life of Piety and Benevolence, and felt in his last hours what is expressed in his Essay, page 125.

".( Innocence, what language can express

Thy worth. Those heavenly comforts in distress
What tongue! What tongue of Seraph can define
To human thought thy excellence divine.?
Pure source of Happiness without alloy ;
Thou life of life, and soul of every joy,
When o'er creation shines thy cheering light,
We feel existence with sincere delight;
From bitter draughts the cup of life's refin'd,

And bliss eternal draws upon the mind.'
“This marble is inscribed to his memory by his relict, Margaret Mary, daughter of John Nodes, Esq.":

The stones round this grave are now lost.

WODEHOUSE.—A brick tomb records the name of Philip Wodehouse (d. 21 Jan. 1838), Vice-Admiral of the White, second son of John, first Lord Wodehouse, of Kimberley, co. Norfolk

The Church Registers record :

1838. Vice Admiral The Honble Philip Wodehouse, Chelsea, aged 65

bu. 27 Jan.


NUTKINS.—An upright stone, carved with a winged head, records the names of James Nutkins (d. 1 Feb. 1745) and of Robert and Elizabeth Nutkins, father and mother of James Nutkins.



Page 68, line 15 :

For “ t'ynanread “týnan.

Page 102, line 39 :

For“ 165” read “ 1652."

Page 144, line 38:

For “ Hetherington ” read “Etherington.”

Page 265, line 37:

After “arg." add " (Nourse)." ”

Pages 269-71 :
In the last Report of the Hist. MSS. Commission (1899)

is a highly interesting “Autobiography of Dr. George
Clarke" (MSS. of F. W. Leyborne Popham, Esq.). In
it Dr. Clarke gives an account of the monument which he
erected in Fulham Church to the memory of his mother
and father-in-law.

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